Renowned swordfish captain and best-selling author Linda Greenlaw will judge the Ladona Limerick Challenge, sponsored by Noah and Jane Barnes, owners of the schooner Ladona. The prize is a trip for two on the newly restored classic ocean racing yacht.

The only female swordfish captain on the East Coast, Greenlaw is most famous for being featured in the book and film "The Perfect Storm." She also authored three New York Times bestselling books about life as a commercial fisherman: "The Hungry Ocean" (1999), "The Lobster Chronicles" (2002) and "All Fishermen Are Liars" (2004).

Greenlaw won the U.S. Maritime Literature Award in 2003 and the New England Book Award for nonfiction in 2004. Time Magazine called her book, "Recipes From a Very Small Island" (2005) a "must-have cookbook". Additionally, she has written four other books: "Slipknot" (mystery, 2007); "Fisherman’s Bend" (mystery, 2008); "Maine Summers Cookbook" (2011); and "Lifesaving Lessons" (memoir, 2013).

“I enjoy a good limerick,” Greenlaw said. “The more, the better!” Limericks do not have to be about the restoration. Anything topical will do.

Schooner Ladona soon rejoins the Maine windjammer fleet in the well established tradition and successful trade in vacation retreats aboard historic sailing ships. The Barneses created The Ladona Limerick Challenge crowd-funding contest as a way to accommodate the wishes of fans and followers eager to be a part of the classic sailing beauty's resurrection and to give them a chance to win passage for two on any trip in the 2016 season.

The entry fee is $100 for the first limerick and $50 for each additional limerick. Proceeds will help pay for critical gear necessary for Ladona’s return to active service — anchor windlass, standing rigging and deck hardware.

Greenlaw will select the winner for a double cabin (all cruise expenses, barring transportation to Rockland, are included). Select limerick submissions and photographs from Ladona’s inaugural season will be published in a book. The 30 finalists will receive a free copy, signed by the captain and restoration principals.

The contest runs through Jan. 31. Winners will be announced Feb. 28. For more information or to enter, visit